Basically I think that with only one hour (or 90 minutes) set aside for the GURUpalooza! it would be nice and a better experience if attendees could submit the questions in advance. It was my understanding that many of the questions asked during the session…
- should really have been asked during the week in the “ask the developers” lab (asked in the wrong forum)
- was too specific (too many details which made the question impossible to answer without taking too much time)
- was too unspecific (too few details which made the question impossible to answer without taking too much time)
Another point is that it seemed difficult for the “gurus” to decide who should answer the question. Posing the questions in advance would mean that questions could be assigned to the “guru” best suited for the question and questions could be (slightly) modified to make them more of less specific. The “gurus” would probably also like to combine some questions to make sure as many as possible got their question asked and answered. Answering as many questions as possible must be the main purpose of the session.
Another idea could be to hold more than one session – maybe even one per day like a returning BoF-type session. As I recall it, very few of the questions posed were actually related to any of the sessions presented during the event so having at least one more session earlier in the week wouldn’t be too much of a problem. Dividing up the “gurus” into smaller groups for a daily GURUpalooza! could also mean that more people could be “served” during the week without burdening the “gurus” too much. It would probably also take some of the pressure of that last session before the closing session.
Anyway – this is some ideas I have been playing around with. What did you think of the session?